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The Importance Of Community

Mr Brendan Gorman - Headmaster
This year, I have the pleasure of teaching 1L each Thursday afternoon. Despite the importance of executive staff maintaining time in the classroom - (after all, teaching must continue to be a passion), I am constantly amazed by the insights and thinking of some of our youngest students. 
At present, Year 1 are inquiring into the central idea: 'Significant Events shape individuals and communities'. It is a great inquiry as they explore not only various types of communities, but the importance of community. They have recognised that our school is indeed a unique community and one that they love being a part of. 
Communities need a positive culture and that is something we have been working hard to cultivate here at St. Peter's. We want students to belong, to feel safe, to question, wonder and inquire. We want them to grow and develop. Likewise, we want this for our parents also.
In the last newsletter, I highlighted some external reviews of St. Peter's that are taking place at the moment. This is just another opportunity for our parent community to contribute to the discussion and landscape of what our school might be. Perhaps you have a radical idea you'd like considered, perhaps it's a more simple suggestion. 
I met with the Bishop this week and he asked me what I wanted for St. Peter's? A great question and one I ask of you also. What do you want for St. Peter's?
Please engage in the process by emailing any suggestions for consideration, questions or possibilities to: externalreview@stpeters.nsw.edu.au
As a school we seek to be a growing community and I would be incredibly grateful for your suggestions on how we might continue to grow and improve.
Thanks for being part of our community. 

Future Enrolments

St. Peter's is in a very healthy situation with significant interest for Pre - Kindergarten (Prep) and Kindergarten in 2021, and indeed for years ahead. 
Whilst siblings and Old Pete's (alumni) are given priority, it is imperative that parents submit their enrolment application early so these students are factored into class decisions, and to avoid disappointment.
It was excellent to see so many at our Prep and Kindergarten Information Evening for 2021 last night. Enrolment interviews will commence in the next week. 


St. Peter's Bus Service - Proposed New Route

Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Head of Development & Operations (Deputy Head)
We are investigating the possibility of expanding our School Bus Service. The proposed bus would service Oran Park, Harrington Park, Gregory Hills, Eagle Vale and Blair Athol.  

Subject to sufficient interest in this Bus Run, it would commence from the beginning of Term 2, 2020.

The cost per trip for the first child is $2.00 per trip and every sibling thereafter is $1.50 per trip.

Depending on the location and number of children requiring the bus service, times and stop locations are yet to be determined.
In the morning, students will be collected from specified bus stops along the route.  Upon arrival at school, students will be met by school staff, and escorted into school.  Prep students will be taken to the Prep Classrooms and supervised by Prep Staff. All other students will be supervised as per the normal daily routine.  In the afternoon, students will be escorted to the bus by school staff and then dropped off to parents/carers at their specified bus stop.
Please indicate your proposed usage of this Bus Run by completing the form below by Friday, 13 March, 2020.  

Harmony Week / International Day

We will be celebrating our cultural diversity as a school on Thursday, 19 March 2020 with International Day. Students are encouraged to come to school wearing cultural / national dress.  Alternatively, students may come dressed in orange clothing, as this is the Harmony Week colour.  

During this day, we will have an opportunity for students to display their clothing and discuss their cultural background with their peers and teachers.  We look forward to this annual event in our school calendar.
Please note: Kindergarten chapel will be held as usual on this day.

Uniform Matters

With the recent wet weather, we have noticed that there are a number of students without yellow school raincoats.  These can be purchased from the Uniform Shop and should be carried in the school bag every day by all students Prep - Year 6.  

Due to safety concerns, please do not allow your child to bring an umbrella to school.  
I would also like to highlight the parts of our School Uniform Handbook regarding hair accessories and earrings.  Hair elastics, ribbons, headbands etc should be red only.  There is a range of these available for sale at our Uniform Shop.  Girls with pierced ears should only wear plain gold or silver studs, without coloured stones.  Hoop / sleeper style earrings should not be worn.
We appreciate your efforts in supporting our school uniform guidelines.

Car Park Safety

Thank you to all of our parents who are utilising our carpark in a manner which ensures the safety of our students and staff.  Please see some general reminders below:

  • Students should only be dropped off and picked up when the car has reached the appropriate bay.  Staff will assist students in and out of cars in front of the school.
  • Parents collecting Primary students from the front of the Church should remain at the 'STOP' sign in our carpark until there is space in the driveway for their car to enter completely.  
  • Disabled parking spaces should only be used by those displaying a parking permit.  
  • Staff parking spaces should not be used until after 11.00 am.  Parking is available in the Bowling Club, Council and RSL carparks.  Those parents dropping students to OSHC in the morning before 7.45 am may park briefly in the drop off bay.
We appreciate your assistance to keep our carpark safe for all.

Stage One

Mrs Kathy Hollis - Dean of Stage 1

Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2) is a time where students build on the skills they have developed through the Early Years Programmes in Prep and Kindergarten. The students continue to be curious and ready to inquire and find out about the world around them. They love opportunities to explore both inside and outside. They enjoy free play and time to develop social skills and relationships. They start to recognise their strengths and understand that it is OK to make mistakes because this helps them learn.

Stage One students begin to develop more independence, they are learning to tie their own shoe laces, remembering to bring their shoes for P.E or their library bag ready for borrowing. The Stage One teachers encourage you to develop routines to help your children to begin to make steps towards independence.

Throughout 2020, students in Stage One will be involved in many exciting learning opportunities. Further development of literacy skills will be a focus in both Year 1 and Year 2. Students will continue to develop their phonics knowledge as they explore sounds they hear and the different letters that combine to make the sounds. These skills are used as students strive to become confident readers and writers. Students will read and write imaginative, informative and persuasive texts and begin to understand that texts have different purposes.

Mathematical understanding will continue to be developed as students participate in a variety of hands-on activities. They will use mental strategies and concrete materials to add, subtract, multiply and divide, and to solve problems. Students will be involved in explorations where they will estimate, measure, compare items for length, area, volume, capacity and mass. They will explore three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional shapes. They will investigate and construct simple maps and look at ways to describe the position of objects. Through investigations they will collect data and use tables to show their findings. 

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English Is A Complex Language

Mrs Melinda Richardson - Head of Learning & Music / PYP Coordinator
Did you know that from 26 alphabet letters, 44 phonemic sounds can be made? Of this, the letter 'a' can be used in 8 different ways! Can you find them all?
From a number of years experience teaching Kindergarten, I have come to the conclusion that English is a complex language, of which we sometimes take for granted. Teaching students the fundamental skills for reading and writing is a clear demonstration of this. (Try teaching them why ball is spelt with an 'a', rather than an 'or'!)

We utilise the Soundwaves programme, which commences in Kindergarten, with a phonemic approach. This means students focus on the sounds that each single letter predominantly makes. As a parent, you may have come into contact with the chants, songs and actions we use to ensure a variety of learning styles are met. Once students can competently identify and use the single sounds of letters, they then start to learn blends and digraphs - when two or more letters are combined to make another sound. This programme is utilised all the way throughout the school, up until Year 6. Each week has a different focus sound, of which students brainstorm words that fit this category. In the case where different letter combinations are actually used to make the same 'sound', students are encouraged to investigate and manipulate, with a focus on 'which spelling attempt looks right'?
Just like you would pick battles over certain issues at home, we too are careful in picking battles at school. The use of language can be one of those battles. Students can become deflated when a piece of work that they have dedicated themselves to, has come back to them with red corrections all over it. As teachers, we reflect on the purpose of why our students are writing. Particularly in our Junior Years, we like to celebrate every single attempt and encourage the progress that each student has made. This may mean, from time to time, you will see work with incorrect words or punctuation missing. Please be assured that our teachers monitor each and every child, and provide feedback to them about the next step in their learning journey. Part of the curriculum, is that students learn to publish their work - these opportunities are in place for every grade, so concepts like editing are also explicitly taught. Students, over time, will learn to use a dictionary to check their work, they may have a peer read their work as well. We want to celebrate the process, not just the product, and recognise that if we as adults get tripped up by the English language, it is very understandable that our students will too. 
So how can you help at home? Firstly, encourage any writing attempt that is phonemic (written with the general letter sounds ie. borl = ball). If it is appropriate timing, turn the attempt into a teachable moment - does that word look right? Do you know of any other ways we can make this sound? Secondly, encourage your child to develop their love of reading. The more they are exposed to words and great vocabulary, the more they develop their personal word bank which, in most cases, will feed into their own writing. 

Mathematics Is Everywhere!

Think about your day to day life... Do you use Mathematics in a compartmentalised manner? Imagine if you were told you could only spend an hour a day using Mathematics - could you do it?
Our Parent Information Sessions held last week, highlighted the pedagogical approach we utilise, under the Primary Years Programme. Parents unpacked the idea that learning is transdisciplinary, and our Dean of Inquiry: Miss Sam Oberle, used the following quote to illustrate this. 'To be truly educated, a student must also make connections across disciplines, discover ways to integrate the separate subjects and ultimately relate what they learn to life.' (Ernest Boyer 1995) 
So what does this mean for Mathematics?
We believe that the skill of Numeracy is the foundation of all mathematical skills. For our students to be great mathematicians, they require explicit teaching of numerical concepts to develop the skills required for fluency and accuracy. In order to ensure we are doing the best that we can, we have dedicated nearly two thirds of the prescribed teaching hours (by the NSW Education Standards Authority) to the development of the content area: NUMBER. This is done in two ways - through 3 x 45minute sessions each week, in flexible, ability-based groups, and daily mentals / drills.  The remaining content areas - Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability - are taught by the classroom teacher, with a combination of explicit teaching and connected teaching to the Units of Inquiry. Our teachers have spent countless hours planning for this, and are in the process of updating our Scope and Sequence documents to ensure all students cover the syllabus content appropriately. 
In turn, this lends itself to many benefits. Most importantly, for our students, giving them real-world opportunities to connect with Mathematics. Many students are actually using graphing (data collection) as part of the 'Who we are units', where they collect information about each others similarities and differences.
Our Year Six students (shared on our Instagram page) are learning to apply their knowledge of angles to how earthquakes are predicted. There is also a benefit for our parents, in that your child's predominant teacher, will first handedly have information and understanding about your child's learning journey in regards to Mathematics. 

PYP In Action

The PYP impact!
In 2017, Tehya was challenged by the Central Idea: People's ideas change the world. Within this Unit of Inquiry, the grade researched significant people who have impacted the world, with a learning task that required them to research a person of their choosing. Tehya chose Fred Hollows. From her learning in Year 2, she took action in the area of fundraising for the Fred Hollows foundation. Her love of learning and great passion for the work of Fred Hollows continues to this day. Tehya is now sharing her ideas for fundraising, on the Fred Hollows website. You can read her blog for yourself:

Family Week

2019 saw the introduction of Family Week, a mid-term opportunity to stop, refresh and reconnect as a family. The simplest reduction we have put in place, is that there is no official homework during this week, with of course the exception of Reading. Our encouragement is to find something special you can do as a family across the course of the week.

We would love to hear what you get up to!

Seesaw Video

Mr Stuart Connell - Dean of ICT


Mrs Fiona Hornman - The Dean of Sport

In Week 5 teams played against Broughton Anglican College.

Results were as follows:

Junior Sport: Wednesday, 26 February 2020







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Senior Sport: Wednesday, 26 February 2020







Oz Tag






Players of the Match:

Junior Soccer: Tanisha P 

Senior Soccer: Evelyn R

Junior Oz Tag: William B

Senior Oz Tag: Bella G

Junior Cricket: Isaac L

Senior Cricket: Cameron C

Junior Basketball: Sairah A

Senior Basketball: Timothy D

A reminder that training for Rep Sport commences at 8.00 am each Wednesday and student attendance is an expectation of being in the team.

House Points Tally

Congratulations to Bligh for leading the House Points Tally this fortnight. 

Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

The Weet-Bix Kids Triathlon was held at Camden on Sunday, 1 March 2020. We had 9 students from St. Peter’s competing in the splash and dash event as well as the triathlon. It was a great morning and such a pleasure to see the kids with so much joy on their faces as they swam, rode and ran their hardest. The short distances make it a very achievable event for all students from 7 years old.

I encourage you to keep an eye out for the event entry when it opens again around November this year.

Congratulations to Lily O who was lucky enough to win the lucky draw prize of a Trek bike. If you have any photos of the day, feel free to email them through so they can be displayed on the notice board.

IPSHA Swimming Carnival

It was an early start to Wednesday morning for the 38 students competing at the IPSHA Swimming Carnival at Homebush Aquatic Centre. It can be quite daunting for students competing on such a big scale against close to 50 schools. Races are seeded according to entry times so it gives all students a chance to get a ribbon in their heat. Our students performed their best on the day, with many achieving personal best times.

Well done to all students.

Student of the Month

Aryan C

Aryan is determined with a 'never give up' disposition. He always does his very best. When challenges come, Aryan is not dismayed; he just picks himself up and keeps trying to achieve his goals.

Aryan is kind and caring to all, and well-respected by all students in his class. He is helpful and always offers to serve those around him. Aryan is a good role model and sound ambassador for our school.

Aryan is well-deserving of this award, Student of the Month.

New Students

We would like to welcome the following new students who have joined our school:


Jiraiya L 


Ahmed R

Responsible Pet Education

Today our Kindergarten - Year 2 students had the opportunity to learn how to be safe around dogs.  They enjoyed the presentation and some were lucky enough to meet Jax the Doberman.  Ask your child what they learnt today.

2021 Scholarships

St. Peter’s Anglican Primary School Scholarships for 2021 are available to new entry students and those enrolled in our school in Year 4, 2020. Scholarships are available in three categories:

  • Academic
  • Music
  • All Rounder

Scholarship Information and Application Forms can be located on the School Website and from the School Office.

Scholarship applications close:

Thursday, 9 April 2020.

St. Peter's School Shop

Our St. Peter's School Shop is open:

Monday:  8.00 am - 10.45 am and 1.00 pm - 3.45 pm

Wednesday:  8.00 am - 10.45 am



Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for the many extra curricular activities that happen at our school.
  • Give thanks for the blessing of continued rain especially in drought affected areas.
  • Pray for those who have been impacted by the Coronavirus and for our world leaders as they manage the virus and for those researching a cure.

School Calendar - Tuesdays, 28 January 2020 - Thursday, 9 April 2020

Week 7 

Wednesday 11 March 2020

9.30 am - 10.30 am: School Banking 

12.00 pm - 12.45 pm: Junior Rep Sport

1.00 pm - 1.45 pm: Senior Rep Sport

Thursday 12 March 2020

6.00 pm - 8.00 pm: Kindergarten 2021 Interviews

Week 8

Monday 16 March 2020

11.30 am: Junior Primary Assembly

2.30 pm: Primary Assembly

Tuesday 17 March 2020

Prep 2021 Interviews

Wednesday 18 March 2020

12.00 pm - 12.45 pm: Junior Rep Sport (all games at Wollondilly Anglican College)

1.20 pm - 2.20 pm: Senior Rep Sport (all games at Wollondilly Anglican College)

Thursday 19 March 2020

Harmony Day / International Day

8.30 am - 9.15 am: Executive Drop In

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Vacation Bible Camp

Wedderburn Christian Campsite is running our annual camp aimed at Christian kids (called VBC) on Monday, 20 April 2020 - Friday, 24 April 2020 for school Years 3-7.

It’s a great week filled with fun, friendships, activities, discovering in depth what the bible says about how to be a child of God and camp experiences that they will remember for years to come.

Some adventure activities they may experience include: rock climbing, archery, flying fox and group games. They will be stretched to develop new skills, have the opportunity to grow long lasting friendships and learn about Jesus from Christian leaders who provide positive role modelling and a safe, fun and loving environment for your child.

Cost for camp is $200.00 pp all inclusive. If you would like more information or an application form, please contact our office on (02) 4634 1265 or email office@wedderburn.org.au